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Canadian Luge Team Adds Bronze to World Cup Medal Count

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseCanada's Doubles Luge Team of Grant Albrecht and Mike Moffat slid to a Bronze Medal finish at Junior World Cup competition in Sigulda Latvia. Their two-run combined time was just three tenths of a second behind the Gold medal Latvian team sliding on their home track. USA took the Silver. Junior Men singles competition will run on Sunday with Calgarians Jeff Christie, Kyle Connelly, Mike Moffat and Grant Albrecht looking to add to their pre-Christmas medal count on the Junior World Cup circuit.

At the European Luge Championships in Winterberg, Germany, Canada also placed well in Senior competition. Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, improved on her first run with an excellent 10th place finish on her second run for a combined two-run 14th place finish. Germany swept the medals again in Women's competition with Sylke Otto, Silke Krauschear and Barbara Niedernhuber capturing the podium positions. Junior Nicole Simon, of Calgary, saw her first action since being sidelined with an ankle injury in November and finished 25th out of 32 senior women racers.

Canada's Chris Moffat and Eric Pothier had a strong second run to move them up to a 12th place finish in doubles competition just 1.6 seconds behind Germany's Leitner and Resch gold medal time.

In European Championship Team competition, Canada was represented by Chris Moffat in Men's singles, Regan Lauscher in Womens and Chris Moffat/Eric Pothier sliding doubles. Their overall team points earned Canada a 10th spot overall with Germany One capturing Gold, Germany Two Silver and Italy One earning the Bronze.

Men's singles competition for the European senior top spots will run on January 16 with Senior's Tyler Seitz, Chris Moffat and Eric Pothier joined by Junior sliders Ryan Paton and Matt McMurray in representing Canada.